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Creeping Along At Centre Bell

According to my watch, we're nearly two hours into the draft only 12 picks have been made. So based on that pace, the Caps ought to be drafting sometime around 11. Ugh. That's putting a serious crimp in my post-draft plans.

Anyway, I wanted to catch everyone up on what I've observed at the Caps' table. GM George McPhee has been on the phone. A lot. What I found more interesting, though, was his 10-minute long conversation with Boston GM Peter Chiarelli. That conversation was followed by Coach Bruce Boudreau talking to his Bruins counterpart, Claude Julien, for about 10 minutes.

Of course, the Caps' and Bruins' tables are right next to each other. But they were saying more than just, "Hello."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 8:56 PM ET
 
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Tarik- are you near the caps table? hear/lip read any names?

Posted by: Justini | June 26, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

It would be cool if the Caps could get Kessel.

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

arrrgh...when will Versus cut off its coverage? will it be on the NHL network?

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 26, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Id rather get Savard than Kessel.

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Kessel or savard would be nice. I dont want to think about what that would do to the salary cap though. With the Tor-Bos talk its obvious Boston wants a puck moving defensemen that can play now. Poti/Poither would probably involved in any deal. Boston is also, I believe (I cant remember any other AHL prospects being noteworth), thin at goalie and we are loaded with goaltending prospects.

Posted by: caps512 | June 26, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

The Bruins have Rask down on the farm, and will probably take Fernandez' place this year.

Posted by: Section117 | June 26, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

A crimp in your post-draft plans? Is that code for strip club on St. Catherine's?

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | June 26, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Rask was NHL-ready last year, he will see a lot of time next year.

Savard is obviously the better center, but Kessel is not bad. Given their age, and contractual circumstances though, i'd want Savard as well.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? I am so tired of GM Gm not making the big move.
Savard or Kessel bad contract and a head case boston would have traded for deadline rental not Pronger. Someone please tell a move GM has made to help this team. Nylander, theo,jagr. Ovechkin was handed to him on a platter. The window only stays open a few years

Posted by: jbrooke384 | June 26, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

jbrooke384,

why do you even feel that the Caps need to make a "big move"?

desperate teams like the flyers feel the need to make a big move, the Caps aren't one of them.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

well the Caps picking at around 11:00 sure sounds better than about 2:00am like I was thinking at this snail's pace They need to tell these draftees that they can hug their mother & father, get their butt on the stage, get their pic taken and they can hug the other 35 people they brought with them afterwards

Posted by: PGM17 | June 26, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

the caps themselves feel they have to make a big move. Thats why theyre attempting to be active tonight. They don't want to go into next season with a shaky 2nd line situation and a shaky situation at 1st line RW.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

they need to make a move becuase they have holes in the lineup and did not win the cup last year. Only the penguins don't have to make a move.

Posted by: samb99 | June 26, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

No strip club for Tarik....sorry, bro.....

Posted by: CF11555 | June 26, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

they can go out and sign Mike Knuble for a year or two. I think he can easily replace Kozlov. Then they can move Brooks Laich to center.

they can do all that after they first fill their biggest need which is a tough defenseman who can make life a lot more difficult for the likes of Crosby and Malkin.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

actually any smart team even one who wins the cup will continue to try and improve their team. The Penguins need better defensive depth. They were hurting once Gonch went down.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The defense struggles ,other then Green the others are 4 and 5s. a number 2 center number 1 r wing. This team was lucky to go 7 with the penguins. We will be in cap trouble in a few years. Young talent gets expensive after the entry level contracts expire. They lost the most veteran playoff guy and leader who is a veteran leader please don't say Clark alwys hurt and a bad cntract

Posted by: jbrooke384 | June 26, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I have a dumb question...this is my first time watching the NHL draft...how are these teams able to have jerseys with the names on the back of them for the guys they draft? How the heck do they know if the guy they want will be available that far in advance?

Posted by: PGM17 | June 26, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

every team tries to improve of course. doesn't mean they need to make a "big move".

certainly not the kind of move the flyers just made unless you're really desperate.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Gm said he would rather go trade route instead of Free agents. So let's go

Posted by: jbrooke384 | June 26, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"Savard or Kessel bad contract and a head case boston would have traded for deadline rental not Pronger."

This sentence makes no grammatical sense.

Posted by: mattbuckley80 | June 26, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Only 4 more picks till the Caps turn. Will it be Ferraro, O'Reilly, Klingberg, Josefson or even Palmieri if they use the pick?

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

every team has a need and you do your best to fill those needs. But at the end of the day, you just gotta be better than your competition.

The way I see it, the Caps only need to be better than the Pens to make it to the finals. The Pens are tougher than the Caps right now, that's their one big advantage. The skilled players are about equal. They need to go find some toughness, that's all.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

PGM,
the miracle of velcro...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 26, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

And we'll still have OV for the next how many years left in his contract and they won't.

that's the bottom line.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

JoeK--The way I see it, the Caps only need to be better than the Pens to make it to the finals. The Pens are tougher than the Caps right now, that's their one big advantage. The skilled players are about equal. They need to go find some toughness, that's all.


Absurd. You don't account for any improvements that other teams made? You don't account for teams that we didn't get to play in the playoffs who could also have defeated us. I.E - Ducks, Hawks, Canucks etc etc etc. To say simply that we just need to better than the Pens is highly simplistic. Other teams who are on par with us could make significant improvements this offseason, you don't want to take that into account? come on

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The defense struggles ,other then Green the others are 4 and 5s. a number 2 center number 1 r wing. This team was lucky to go 7 with the penguins. We will be in cap trouble in a few years. Young talent gets expensive after the entry level contracts expire. They lost the most veteran playoff guy and leader who is a veteran leader please don't say Clark alwys hurt and a bad cntract

Posted by: jbrooke384 | June 26, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

cap trouble in a couple of years? check your facts and figures. after this year we have about $30M in committed payroll, which includes nylander. that gives us room to sign backs and semin. i think our cap situation is pretty good compared to philly, ny and even pittsburgh. we'll be even better if we can unload nyls.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 26, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

lol.

Deadline and Draft Day brings out the lols.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

How many times during this Versus draft coverage have they said a particular guy is a "Mike Green" type of defenseman? I love it!!!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 26, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1

what moves have they made? you know something I don't??

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

DevilsCapsGal - I've counted four. ;)

Posted by: terpsgirl02 | June 26, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Dcsportsfan1

That really isn't saying much, knowing that the Rangers and Philly's cap situation is a mess.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

this is bordering on NFL draft 1st-round length!! uuuuughhh

Posted by: sargeantmofo | June 26, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

and the last time I checked the team you menstioned are all in the west... Ducks, Hawks, Canucks

they gotta get past the Red Wings first before they can meet us in the finals.

take a chill pill and relax

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

rangers got a heckuva center prospect - size, youth, speed, skill. Best skater in the draft and strong as a bull. And plays the allimportant CENTER position

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

we pick in 3 - ferraro is still on the board of course so it'll be interesting to see how accurate the "pundits" are

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

haha, what?

Chris Krieder is the best skater in the draft?

Damn, you must know stuff even the pro scouts who look at them don't.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Just one more pick till the Caps turn.

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

oops Hawks are in the east but they're no threat to the Caps just yet...

if you listen to the scanner during NASCAR races, you hear the drivers go crazy and get upset about the way their car is handing, "my car drives like a dumb truck, I'm about to crash every lap, I can't drive this thing..."

then you hear the crew chief say, "dude, you're the fastest car on the track by two tenths/lap, relax"

nobody, no team, no car is gonna be perfect, you just gotta be better than your competition. When you have a player like OV, you don't have to go make a desprate or big move. You let the other teams make those moves. you just stay the course and add a player here and there while concentrating on building from within.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

RichPhil you're idiocy is unparalleled. Gimme a second and I'll go find stuff that OTHER scouts have said about him. You probably never even heard of the kid prior to 5 mins ago didya? big dummy

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Haha, what?

Krieder has been pegged many things by the different draft reports I read, but "best skater" is not one of them.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/blog/2009/06/pick_no_19_rangers_take_chris.html

Mark Hermann: The Rangers take the fastest skater in the draft, Chris Kreider of Andover in Massachusetts. He's a 6'2" center and the highest rated U.S. high school player in the draft.


got any comments now RichmondPhil? You act like you know everything when in fact you know jack sht. Want me to go find another "pro" comment?

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I think it will be Ferraro...

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

PS:

I wish I could quote, because "you're idiocy is unparalleled" takes the cake.

Yes, my are idiocy is unparalleled it seems, especially in your prestige presence. hahahaha.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

http://www.battleofny.com/


He’s supposed to be one of the fastest skaters in this Draft and could be a steal as some had him going higher. Does that equate? We’ll see.

mock draft
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1731608

11. Nashville, Chris Kreider (C, Andover, Mass.). The Predators took Hobey Baker finalist Colin Wilson (Boston University) last year and Kreider, the second fastest player in the draft, is going the college route, too.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I guess I forgot to check news outlets AFTER these guys get drafted. You're right, that quote would definetely not be found in any pro scouting reports.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

who cares who's the fastest skater in the draft??

thas's like getting all worked up over the 40 yard dash time during the NFL draft.

yeah he's fast but can he PLAY?

Jerry Rice never posted a great 40 time but all I know is I never saw anyone catch him once he had a step on a DB with a football tucked under his arm.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

i could probably post 50 more links but RichPhil will never admit when he's talking out of his a__

so, lets just move on to the Caps pick.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

who cares who's the fastest skater in the draft??

thas's like getting all worked up over the 40 yard dash time during the NFL draft.

yeah he's fast but can he PLAY?

Jerry Rice never posted a great 40 time but all I know is I never saw anyone catch him once he had a step on a DB with a football tucked under his arm.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

his speed is just ONE of his skill set. Where do you get that ALL he has is speed? He's no Todd Krygier.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Hm...interesting pick. Still going with the swedes.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess I forgot to check news outlets AFTER these guys get drafted. You're right, that quote would definetely not be found in any pro scouting reports.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse


Considering one of the links posted was to a MOCK DRAFT, that blows your idiotic argument right outta the water does it not? Mock = PRE DRaft. dummy

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

cool, we got another europussy on the team!

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess

McPhee: "We couldn't believe this kid was still on the board!! We had him rated so much higher!"

lol

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 - you're a jerk. What do you know about the draft pick? I bet nothing.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | June 26, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Gotta wonder how much this pick was driven by the departure of Fedorov. Granted he won't play with the Caps next year but they'd need to backfill in Hershey if they bring someone up.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | June 26, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

his stats

45 reg season games - 10 points, 10 PIMs.

Zero points and zero PIMs in 6 playoff games.

remarkably boring. Hope his on-ice play is a lot more dynamic.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Talent Analysis
Johansson has impressive hockey sense, good technical skills and soft hands. He reads the play very well and is a skilled playmaker. Is also a speedy skater that does not shy away from the rough stuff, although he is not really a big time physical player. A team player with some leadership qualities. Has a shot he should use more often.

lol! that reads like most other finesse caps prospects

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 - you're a jerk. What do you know about the draft pick? I bet nothing.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | June 26, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse


you're right, i don't. But he sure sounds like another soft europuss.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't provoke him dezlboy1.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

did someone say Jeff Lucky?

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

cst.....does that mean he fights like Semin?

Posted by: C-way | June 26, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't provoke him dezlboy1.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse


hey RichPhil - tell me again how I was so offbase when I complimented the Rangers pick for his skating ability? mmmyea. move on rookie.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

What move has GM GM made that helped us? Picking up Feds for nothing. Yeah that trade sucked. (not) Or trading for guys like Laich or the picks that got us Green? Bad move there, i suppose. (again, not) How about signing Poti or Erskine? He drafted/aquired every player on the roster and in the minors. The Caps went into the 2nd round after posting 108 points, the Bears AND the Stingrays won their respective league championships. Yeah, GM GM doesn't know what he's doing.
(sarcasm dripping into a puddle at my feet)

Posted by: jmurray019 | June 26, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

cst.....does that mean he fights like Semin?

Posted by: C-way | June 26, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

i think so...they can sew some mittens on his hands so he doesn't break his nails :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

That's 10 points and 10 penalty minutes more than I had this season. I'll be expecting the Caps to draft me in the mid-rounds tomorrow.

Oh well... I was hpoing it would be Ferraro since the Devils nabbed Josefson.

Posted by: larryn703 | June 26, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

A lot of mock drafts had Caron pegged for us.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

horrible pick

Posted by: dbirtwistle | June 26, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Holy Szitszz!!! Just what we need. Another undersized, physically weak, FINESSE PLAYER. Incredible!! What a MONUMENTAL LOSER George MC Pitiful is.

Posted by: Puckguru | June 26, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed, McPhee found the Swedish Sasha pokulok

Posted by: The_Spear | June 26, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

if physical skills were all you need to succeed. Al Iafrate would have the greatest hockey player ever. He could skate faster than just about everyone, had the hardest shot, he was big and strong. A scout's dream player.

only the scouting geeks pay attention to that stuff instead of actually watching the tapes of them play or watch them in person. I have never seen any of these players play, I don't care to watch them play unless they make it to the big league.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

one would think the one lesson McPhee would have taken away from the Penguin series was that the Caps top 2 lines could have used a little more JAM. Not butter. Flash has plenty of skill, but he ended up on the 4th line or the bench. This team doesn't need any more finesse players right now. They need some power forwards and strong two way centers.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

and some of you guys need to take a chill pill...

you have NO frigging idea how 99 percent of these players will turn up in 2 or 3 years

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed, McPhee found the Swedish Sasha pokulok

Posted by: The_Spear | June 26, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I just pissd my pants. hahaha!

I'm still thinking Jeff Lucky.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

and some of you guys need to take a chill pill...

you have NO frigging idea how 99 percent of these players will turn up in 2 or 3 years

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse


neither do you, so why do you come here? just to praise McPhee for any and every move he's going to make regardless of whether or not you think he's right?

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Listen kid. If Krieder is the fastest skater, then he is. But the fact is he is a US High school kid, who no one ever gets to see and not much information is on.

PJM or Duchene can both be considered the faster skater, and most reports will say so.

Now why don't you keep telling people how much of an idiot they are with glaring grammar mistakes and eat hamburgers.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, Ted did tell us to beware of "group think." He wanted a center and GMGM went out and got one.

While Johansson's not the big center Ted was looking for, the kid is supposed to be skilled and hard working. I wish him well in Hershey next year!

Posted by: Terptwin | June 26, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

whatever the reason why I'm on here, it's none of your business.

but I'll tell you this, I'm not on here to take my frustration out on people like you are. I'm glad McPhee doesn't pay ANY attention to people like you.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

when you are picking late like the Caps, you don't pick players based on needs.. you just take the best player you think is available.. no matter what position he plays or how big he is...

if you think he's the best player on the board, you take them.. you have no idea what your need will be by the time he's ready to help you 2 or 3 years from now.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the guy the B's took after us would have fit mold that this team is lacking. Unless one factors in our lack of swedes with concussion problems.

Posted by: The_Spear | June 26, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

@Terptwin

I believe GMGM did infact take the best player on the board at #24. Ted is looking for a veteran C, not a draft pick. We already Bengt's kid as another prospect Center. And, Johansson will NOT play in Hershey next year - he will remain with the Swedish Elite League club for the next 2 years minimum. If he projects to NHL then, maybe all eyes will be on both him and Gustafson in the camp of 2011. Johansson may actually be more like a 2012 candidate to play for the Caps full-time. Hopefully, we will have Backstrom locked in a LT deal then - so look for 3 home grown Swedish centers for the 2012-13 season. Heck, Ovie will only be 26 then.

Per Ted's take - I still think the Caps trade/sign a FA veteran Center. Who? Anyone's guess.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | June 26, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

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